Gladness or Madness?
“So, when he had considered [this], he came to the house of Mary, the mother of John whose surname was Mark, where many were gathered together praying, and as Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a girl named Rhoda came to answer. When she recognized Peter’s voice, because of her gladness she did not open the gate, but ran in and announced that Peter stood before the gate.” (Acts 12:12-14, NKJV)
Rhoda was possibly a slave girl in the household of Mark’s mother or possibly a member of the assembly that met in his mother’s house. A prayer meeting for Peter had been underway at the time Peter was miraculously released from prison. We see how human Rhoda really is when she gets so excited by seeing Peter at the door. She did not unlock or open the door. She ran back to tell the members of the body which had gathered there that Peter, the subject of their prayer meeting was actually at the door seeking entrance. Of course, those of you who are familiar with this account are aware that those in the prayer meeting thought she was “mad.”
Have you ever been so “glad” that you forgot what to do? Go ahead, tell us what happened?